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Name: Chenoa Frazer
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
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chenoa0125
Sep 12, 2015 6:35 PM CST
anyone know what these are? Found a bunch of them on my milkweed today
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Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Sep 12, 2015 10:26 PM CST
Tussock Moth
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Name: Greene
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greene
Sep 12, 2015 10:29 PM CST
I posted a link over on theSeptember Butterfly chat thread. Someone should come along in the morning. Gosh, look at the time; it's morning already. Hilarious!

Edited to add:
When I made this post I did not see that JIm had already answered the question. Guess I type too slowly. :)
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Name: Melanie Long
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mellielong
Sep 12, 2015 10:40 PM CST
Jim, have you ever seen the Milkweed Tussock Moths in their early instars? I've only seen them in pictures and by then they were black, orange, and white. But that's the only moth I know that eats milkweed. I even checked my caterpillar book.
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Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Sep 12, 2015 10:48 PM CST
Yes I have seen them , the ones with white hairs pointing to the side , more than the big white all furry type ,
Those above look like Fir Species of Tussock Moth , there are several If you google Tussock Moth it will show you a few different types
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Name: Chenoa Frazer
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
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chenoa0125
Sep 13, 2015 5:24 AM CST
Thanks everyone. Yes they are all over my milkweed plants
Name: Sue
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sooby
Sep 13, 2015 8:00 AM CST
They rather resemble Pseudodoros clavatus aka Dioprosopa clavata - it's a beneficial syrphid fly larva that eats aphids and occurs on milkweed (so not a caterpillar):

http://butterflies.heuristron.net/bugs/pseudodorosClavatus.h...
https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2014/06/...
http://bugguide.net/node/view/581989
http://bugguide.net/node/view/33073
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Name: Greene
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greene
Sep 13, 2015 8:52 AM CST
There are Aphids visible in the photos and it does not look like the leaves have been chewed. I think @sooby may have nailed it.
Hmmm, maybe I should have posted a link to the "Beneficial Fly Forum". *Blush*
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 13, 2015 10:37 AM CST
I agree that Sue nailed it.
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Sep 13, 2015 11:37 AM CST
Hooray! That one was driving me buggy!
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